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Three spiderhunters

on 11th May 2016

SpiderhunterSp-cocont [AmarSingh]

“I went in search of spiderhunters and saw three different species at the same location – Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera longirostra), Spectacled Spiderhunter (Arachnothera flavigaster) and Grey-breasted Spiderhunter (Arachnothera modesta).

“They tend to come out to the fringe of the forest reserve to feed on nectar producing blooms.

“Feeding if often competitive and the Spectacled Spiderhunter is the ‘bully’ chasing away the others.

SpiderhunterGrBr-cocont [AmarSingh]

“If you look at Post 1 and 2 you will see that the Spectacled Spiderhunter (top) is occupying the same location a Grey-breasted Spiderhunter (above) was at – chasing it away from a coconut flowers site.

mistletoe (SpiderhunterL)[AmarSingh]

“The main food source this morning was the nectar of a mistletoe flower (above).”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
7th February 2015

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Fringe of forest reserve with mixed secondary and primary jungle

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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